October 17, 2000
Zoroastrianism first monotheistic religion
I can't agree with Mr. Reza Sami objections
to Elaine Sciolino ["The
twelve rules"] where he tries to prove that Zoroastrism is not
a monotheistic religion. I think his opinion comes from the wrong interpretations
of Zoroastrism by some Islamic and Western orientalists.
I don't believe he has read any Zoroastrian writings especially "The
Gathas" holy book. Actually there is no contradiction between Ahura
Mazda and Ahriman and darkness and light.
Firstly, Ahura Mazda has no partner opposite to him, but it is Spenta
Mainyu and Angro Maynyu (later Ahriman) that are fighting against each
other and they exist only in the human mind and nowhere else! It depends
on you whether you accept facts and events you faced badly or in a good
Secondly, darkness and light are used only as symbols for distinction
of good and evil in the human behaviour, and it does'n mean that night
and all black things are not created by Ahura Mazda. The whole being is
the creation of Ahura Mazda, and really the whole process of formation
and destroying of nature is subject to the law of Ahsa, created by Ahura
Mazda, but mankind because of his weakness can think that earthquake is
bad, death is bad, but burth is good.
The world recognized Zoroastrism as the first monotheistic religion
having influenced on later ones by its ideas and concepts, if the Iranians
didn't. I recommend Mr. Reza Sami to seach more sources on the best religion
to find the very Truth.